Leigh MichaelSunday,10 February 2013

The Snap:

I’ve talked about my love/hate relationship with The Flaming Lips on here before. In the spirit of keeping everyone informed, I’m at a good place with them after listening to their recent cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It’s a faithful rendition — with their own unique spin (thank you, racy video).

Listening to their rendering inspired to think back on some of my favorite covers. Yeah, there are a lot of crappy ones out there that make you fervently wish that you could undo what you just listened to. But there are also some that rock. Without further ado, My Top 5:

The Download:

Anya Marina covers T.I.’s “Whatever You Like”

T.I. and Anya Marina are not exactly what I would call kindred spirits in the music world – but if this cover was their musical one night stand, then it was a damned good one. I also think that Marina is arguably one of the only people who could take lyrics like: “Shawty, you the hottest, I love the way you drop it / Brain so good coulda swore you went to college” and make it sound poetic.

Johnny Cash covers Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt”

There’s nothing more heartbreaking/beautiful/moving/insert-synonym-for-poignant-here than this. When Trent Reznor, the frontman for Nine Inch Nails, was interviewed about the rendition, he said, “that song isn’t mine anymore.” Bottom line: Cash owns “Hurt” (see video below).

Mumford and Sons cover Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Boxer”

This is what happens when a British folk band and an iconic American folk duo have a song child. It’s faithful to the quiet tone of the original, but has this awesome twang that makes me want to put in on repeat far too many times than I am willing to admit.

The White Stripes cover Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”

Until I heard this White Stripes cover, I felt confident that Dolly Parton was the only one who had any business singing “Jolene.” But Jack White brings something totally different to the song — while holding onto the essence of the original. This is The White Stripes doing what they did best… blowing the audience away with their simplicity.

The Go-Go’s cover Carly Rae Jepson’s “Call Me Maybe”

Yes, yes: this song makes me want to cry, just like the rest of America. So, I was pretty shocked to discover that indeed, I didn’t want to crawl into hiding when I heard The Go-Go’s rendition. I’m pretty sure that they’ve achieved the impossible.

Hat Tips:

Spin, Thought Catalog, Image Credit: Flickr

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